You might wonder what exactly is meant by self-refinement, self-transformation and self-development and how to practice them?
To achieve this one will have to adopt four disciplines. These are
- Self-restraint (sanyam),
- Self-study (swadhayaya),
- Spiritual practice (Upasana/Sadhana) and
- Social service. (seva)
These are like four essential steps in the upliftment of human life, four cornerstones of the edifice of an accomplished life and four resources of human ascent. Each of these four is dependent on the others. We cannot hope to transform our lives if any one of them is missing. We cannot dream of anything worthwhile along the path of self-transformation without accomplishing these fundamental necessities of self-ascent. Following are the details of each steps.
The Sanskrit word for restraint is ‘sanyam.’ It is crucial for us to prevent the drainage or misuse of our powers and potentials.In general, most of us consume our mental and bodily energy in haphazard activities driven by the passions of our ever churning minds and sense organs. Even an... See More
The Sanskrit word for self-study is Swadhayaya. It relates with the study of one’s aspirations, thoughts, attitude and conduct in light of the elevated thoughts of enlightened personalities. How will you study yourself unless you have a worthy role model to compare yourself to? And why would you study yourself... See More
The third essential discipline for human ascent is spiritual practice, called ‘Sadhana’ in Sanskrit. This is the devout endeavor of self-refinement and improvement. It includes two parts: worship and penance.Most of us understand worship to be some kind of devotional practice such as worshiping a deity, praying before it,chanting a... See More
The Sanskr it word for selfless service is ‘Seva.’ Man is a social being. He is indebted to society in many ways. The food he eats, the clothes he wears, the house he lives in, everything he depends on is available to him only due to the efforts of others.... See More
Golden Tips for Living aPurposeful Life(Translation of Excerpts from Poojya Gurudev's discourses on “Jivana Sadhana")Friends!The refinement and sublimation of personality depends upon cultivation of virtuous qualities. All of you can shape your personality in a better way and transform it into a glorious one. Eminence and nobility of personality... See More
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